Go ahead, Green Bay. Smile, honk your horn, raise a glass or two.
The NFC championship game will include the Green Bay Packers for the second time in the past four seasons and the fifth time in the past 16. That’s celebration material on any cold Wisconsin day.
The evidence was conclusive Saturday night with a 48-21 dismantling of the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons, which sends the Packers into the Jan. 23 Super Bowl play-in game against either the Chicago Bears or Seattle Seahawks.
Yes, the Packers have been to this doorstep often, but, in truth, it never looked quite like this before, did it?
Lowest seed, no home playoff games, four straight weeks in single-elimination mode.